Daffodil Classic, South Sound's oldest bike ride, set for April 13

Tacoma News TribuneApril 4, 2014 

Three cyclist ride Lower Burnett Road near South Prairie. The road is part of the 40-mile loop at the Daffodil Classic.

CRAIG HILL

The Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club is working to boost turnout for the South Sound’s oldest bike ride.

Registration is lagging for the April 13 Daffodil Classic in Orting according to club officials, but they’re hoping for a late surge. Turnout for the ride is traditionally heavily influenced by the weather.

The ride celebrates its 39th anniversary and is known for serving strawberry shortcake at the finish line. The ride offers routes up to 30 miles on the Foothills Trail and extended routes of 40, 60 and 100 miles.

There will also be a free ride for kids on the trail.

The event starts and finishes at Orting Middle School, 111 Whitehawk Blvd N.W. Registration is $30 through April 12 and $35 the morning of the ride. For each rider, organizers donate $1 to Washington Bikes, a statewide bicycle advocacy group formerly known as the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Food is donated to a local food bank.

The Daffodil Classic started in 1976. The ride can draw more than 1,000 cyclists when the weather is nice.

Check in starts at 7 a.m. The course is open with support for riders 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Tacoma Wheelmen also stage the more challenging Peninsula Metric Century and offers discounted entry fees for those who preregister for both rides. More information is available at twbc.org

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